"David Golder" was a bestseller and critically acclaimed novel in FranceI discovered Irene Nemirovsky after reading her posthumous bestseller "Suite Francaise", the novel she wrote just before she was killed by the Nazis in Auschwitz in 1942.
"David Golder" was a bestseller and critically acclaimed novel in France in 1929 when Nemirovsky was only 26. The main character, Golder, was a Jewish tycoon in Paris who fled Russia at 18 and worked his way up in America and Europe, mastering a fortune at the expense of others along the way. The Great Depression took its toll not only on Golder's wealth, but also on his health.
When this book was first published, it was criticised as anti-Semitic, although Nemirovsky was herself a Jew and all she did was creating the character Golder, a ruthless, cold-blooded and much hated Jewish financier, and she did it so well. Faced with enemies on all fronts at the age of 68, Golder had only one thing to cling onto - his daughter who only loved him for his money. When I read the thoughts of Golder struggling with heart failure during his twilight years, I could almost feel his pain, loneliness and suffering. Not many authors could do that. Nemirovsky was a true rarity.
"David Golder" is a showcase of Nemirovsky's talents, which were later manifested in a more mature manner in the masterpiece "Suite Francaise". Although not as good as "Suite Francaise", "David Golder" is still a precious literary find that cannot be missed....Continua